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Are Your Windows and Doors Ready for the Cold in Rochester, Minnesota?

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Whether or not you are ready, the colder weather is hitting Rochester and you still have time to make sure your home’s windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly examining your windows and doors can help ensure that your home stays comfortable and helps save on energy bills.

How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?

  • Make sure your windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris left in windowsills or the moving parts on your home’s windows and doors can impact the tightness and seal when closed.
  • Check your weather stripping – Weather stripping helps to reduce air from coming back in the home when windows and doors are shut. It can become loose or torn over time, so watch your weather stripping and reattach any loose portions or replace sections that are torn.
  • Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors – Rain, water and sunlight can harm exterior sealants and caulk. Get rid of damaged material and apply new sealant.
  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces – Take a look at your exterior surface for signs of moisture leaking, such as cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the damaged wood helps to keep cold air and moisture from entering the home.
  • Install storm doors – Storm doors help to add an additional layer of protection from air and moisture and improves energy performance.
  • Install snap-in blinds or shades – Not only does this improve your privacy, but it also helps to insulate your home.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and doors – If your home still has single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, your heating bills may be higher than they need to be. Our experts can walk you through newer, energy-efficient windows and doors.

If you want more information about preparing your your home’s windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Rochester at 507-847-1060.